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Twin Cities Habitat Welcomes Ten New Board Members

Blake MacKenzie
Posted by Blake MacKenzie on 11:00 AM on March 7, 2017

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity added ten new members to its Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these ten outstanding people onto our board,” said Sue Haigh, Twin Cities Habitat President and CEO. “I am repeatedly overwhelmed by the caliber of those who volunteer to serve, and I know these ten will bring fresh energy to see us through our new four-year strategic plan.”

Here’s a brief look at the talents and experience the new board members bring to Twin Cities Habitat:

  • Mitch Bleske is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Bremer Bank. He brings a breadth of knowledge in effectively leveraging finance expertise and innovation, and appreciates Habitat’s and Bremer’s shared commitment to community.
  • The Honorable Jeff Bryan serves as the Ramsey County Judge, Second Judicial District. He first worked with Habitat for Humanity as a sophomore in college when he founded the Jackie Robinson Society service organization. He has volunteered with hundreds of organizations, but counts his volunteer experiences with Habitat as some of the best.
  • Kathryn Correia is the President & CEO of HealthEast, and sees a clear connection between a stable home and health. She is an advocate for community health and well-being, and takes pride in exploring innovative ideas and solutions to support the health and vitality of our communities.
  • Paul Delahunt is the CEO of Renewal by Andersen. Prior to Renewal, Paul was a Vice President and General Manager at Ecolab Inc., where he ran two different businesses within the U.S. Institutional Division. His favorite part about Habitat is the mission focus and the people.
  • Lucas Detor is Executive Managing Director for CarVal Investors and is a member of the firm’s investment committee, bringing expertise in capital formation and investment strategy and sourcing. He also served as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, as well as serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and New York National Guard.
  • Mike Franta works as the Minneapolis/National Market Manager for the Commercial Real Estate group at US Bank, and has over 25 years of experience in real estate and financial services. He has successfully navigated big changes and business restructures resulting from the market collapse, and prides himself on working hard but also taking the time to celebrate successes.
  • Mark Henneman is the President and Chief Investment Officer for Mairs & Power, Inc. Prior to that he was Managing Director and Process Leader of Midland Large-Cap Value Investments at U.S. Bancorp Asset Management (now Nuveen Asset Management). Mark especially likes Habitat’s unique opportunities for engagement, like the Entrepreneurs House.
  • Rich Mattera is the Senior Deputy General Counsel at UnitedHealth Group, where he is responsible for the group which oversees securities law, capital markets, real estate, tax, M&A, investments, joint ventures, key strategic transactions and international legal functions enterprise-wide.
  • Steve Poppen is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Minnesota Vikings. He plays a key part in the new Vikings headquarters and training facility being built in Eagan, and was instrumental in the legislation that allowed the construction of US Bank Stadium. In 2009 he joined the NFL’s Green Committee to enhance environmental awareness, which ties in with Twin Cities Habitat’s dedication to energy-efficient homes.
  • Yaprak Sapanli Gorur is the Director of Global Executive & Leadership Development at 3M. She has over 17 years of Human Resources experience at 3M, and has led multiple diverse teams in Global and Area Organizations in the US, Central and East Europe, and Turkey. She’s drawn to the US culture of generosity and giving back, and knows Habitat is a great way to do that.

These ten new board members are ready to don their hard hats and get to work for Habitat. Check out our Impact 2020 strategic plan, and find ways for to put on your hard hat and get to work too.

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Tags: Volunteer Spotlight, News and Events, 2017

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